On “free days,” visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass for daytime visits to Washington state parks. Saturday, June 1, is a State Parks free day in conjunction with National Trails Day. Two free days are offered in parks the following weekend, June 8 and 9, in honor of National Get Outdoors Day, which is June 8. For information on events and activities in Washington state parks, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.
The State Parks and Recreation Commission selected most of its 2013 “free days” in conjunction with the National Park Service’s free days:
· June 1 – National Trails Day
· June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day
· August 4 – Peak season free day
· September 28 – National Public Lands Day
· November 9 through 11 – Veterans Day Weekend.
The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.